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Steve Jobs

Based on the Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, TRAINSPOTTING, 127 HOURS) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (WEST WING, THE SOCIAL NETWORK) have tackled some fast-paced and very amusing parts of the life and ...

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Based on the Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, TRAINSPOTTING, 127 HOURS) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (WEST WING, THE SOCIAL NETWORK) have tackled some fast-paced and very amusing parts of the life and career of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Like 127 HOURS which takes place in one setting, namely a crevice under which the protagonist is stuck, Boyle chooses an almost experimental structure once again. STEVE JOBS consists of short moments before three decisive company presentations: the introduction of the Macintosh, the presentation of major flop NEXT and the launch of the trendy iMac which Job’s daughter thinks looks like a Judy Jetson toaster oven and which marked the Apple’s definitive road to success. Right before he gets on stage he meets journalists, relatives, close friends and big enemies who stir his emotions and pick at his wounds.

Jobs is under a lot of pressure the entire film. The whole apparatus is highly tense and someone is constantly giving the time. Another 30 minutes, another 30 seconds. People talk incessantly. The dialogue comes at you non-stop, fast, and extremely pointed. The film doesn’t even have time for a title sequence: it begins in the middle of a fight between Steve Jobs and Andy Hertzfeld about a language program. The demo isn’t working. The computer doesn’t say “Hello.” You need to get to the hardware but you can’t open the box. At some point during the scene, Job goes to his office with his entourage and you can see the name on the door for a split-second: Steve Jobs. That’s it.

Michael Fassbender is more brilliant than ever as Steve Jobs. Kate Winslet as marketing boss Joanna Hoffman counters him congenially. There are no scenes without them and almost no second where Fassbender doesn’t speak. He portrays Jobs as a manic and highly intelligent artist and despot whose singular obsession is fascinating as well as frightening. He is a terrible boss, a loser dad, and an absolute control freak yet he is surrounded by loyal employees that he entrances with his vision and narcissistic psychological tactics. Fassbender makes the genius-dark magnetism palpable.

Hendrike Bake (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

USA 2015, 122 min
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Danny Boyle
Author: Aaron Sorkin
DOP: Alwin H. Kuchler
Montage: Elliot Graham
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Cast: Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Sarah Snook
FSK: 6
Release: 12.11.2015

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  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles
English/with English subtitles
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